Destination Guide

Destination: Calgary

Calgary is best known for cowboy boots and blue jeans, but don't forget to pack your soft-spikes, clubs and golf shorts.

Alberta's largest city is famous for the Calgary Stampede, a medley of midway rides, rodeo, country music and line-dancing, beer-drinking bashes. Ironically, the 10 days of what's called the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth each July might be the easiest time to score a tee-time in the Stampede City because everybody else has temporarily gone Wild West. In 2011, CNN listed the Stampede, which attracts 250,000 visitors a year, as one of the top five parties in the world.

Like most other major centers, many of Calgary's top golf courses have a members-only sign at the entrance gate, but that doesn't mean there aren't any top-notch options for the rest of us. Among the favorites are Lynx Ridge and Valley Ridge, situated on opposites sides of the Bow River valley. For the best views of the downtown skyline, including the Calgary Tower, try municipal-run Shaganappi Point.

Within a half hour of city limits, you'll find D’Arcy Ranch, Heritage Pointe, the Links of GlenEagles and Redwood Meadows. Aim your rental car toward the jagged mountaintops and you'll be en route to scenic setups such as Kananaskis Country Golf Course, Silvertip, Stewart Creek and Banff Springs.

This is best known as a snow-covered destination, but as long as Mother Nature is playing nice, golf season runs from April through October.

Calgary was site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and visitors can still check out the ski-jump or sign up for a hair-raising rumble down the bobsled track. Another top attraction is Spruce Meadows, home to several world-class show-jumping competitions.

Calgary is the closest city to Canada's Rocky Mountains, about an hour drive to Banff National Park and all the hiking, mountain-biking, skiing and sight-seeing you can handle. Ninety minutes the other direction, you'll find Dinosaur Provincial Park and the world-famous Royal Tyrrell Museum, where you can stand in the shadows of full-size skeletal replicas of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other raptors.

Your best bet for accommodations is to book a hotel in Calgary's re-emerging downtown core. Just be warned you won't get much sleep if your stay coincides with Stampede.

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Lakeside Greens Golf Club
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Chestermere $22
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $33
Cochrane Golf Club
Tee Times
Cochrane $21
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Vulcan $25
Millburn/Cattails at River Spirit Golf Club
Tee Times
Calgary $43
Inglewood Golf & Curling Club Calgary N/A
McKenzie Meadows Golf Club Calgary $44.76 - $62.86
Water Valley Golf & Country Club Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Crystal Ridge Golf Club Okotoks $28 - $38
Wintergreen Golf & Country Club
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Bragg Creek $55
Oxbow Country Golf Course
Tee Times
Strathmore $24
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club Lyalta $40 - $77
Three Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Three Hills $12
Nanton Golf Club
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Nanton $18
Acme Golf Club
Tee Times
Acme $5
Strathmore Golf Club
Tee Times
Strathmore $8
Spirit/Millburn at River Spirit Golf Club
Tee Times
Calgary $43
Cattails/Spirit at River Spirit Golf Club
Tee Times
Calgary $43
Apple Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Airdrie $15
Heritage/Mountainview at Highwood Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
High River $45
Cottonwood Golf & Country Club De Winton N/A
Redwood Meadows Golf & Country Club Redwood Meadows $70 - $95
Sundre Golf Club Sundre $49 - $79
Talons at Country Hills Golf Club Calgary N/A
Valley Ridge Golf Club Calgary $70 - $89
Gleniffer Lake Resort & Country Club Spruce View $30 - $52
Spitzee/Mountainview at Highwood Golf & Country Club High River $35 - $55
Carnmoney Golf Club De Winton N/A
Speargrass Golf Course Carseland $45 - $65
Par-3 Nine at McCall Lake Golf Course Calgary $16
Meadows – Slopes/Lakes at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Springbank Links Golf Course Calgary $50 - $62
Links of GlenEagles Cochrane $39 - $99
Par-3 Practice Course at Olds Golf Club Olds $4.76
Woodside Golf Course Airdrie $33 - $53
Silver Springs Calgary N/A
Spitzee/Heritage at Highwood Golf & Country Club High River $35 - $55
Hawk Course at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club Priddis $205
Creek/Grove at HeatherGlen Calgary $51.90
Didsbury Golf Club Didsbury $20 - $38
Elbow/Springs at Elbow Springs Golf Club Calgary $80
Desert/Heritage at Heritage Pointe Golf Club De Winton $55 - $100
Calgary Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Livingstone Golf Course Calgary $29 - $35
Carstairs Community Golf Club Carstairs $35 - $93
Pointe/Desert at Heritage Pointe Golf Club De Winton $55 - $100
Sirocco Golf Club Calgary $45 - $72
Championship Course at Olds Golf Club Olds $49.05 - $83.34
Douglasdale Golf Course Calgary $25 - $38
Hills/Creek at HeatherGlen Rocky View $51.90
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course Cremona $40 - $72
River's Edge Golf Club Okotoks $40 - $56
D'Arcy Ranch Golf Club Okotoks $40 - $75
Firefly/Mayfly at Silverwing Golf Course Calgary $39 - $53
Grove/Hills at HeatherGlen Rocky View $51.90
Bowden Hi-Way Golf Course Bowden $22 - $41
Country Club of the Hamptons Calgary $90
Beaver Dam Golf Course Madden $37
Meadows - Bridges/Slopes at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Confederation Park Golf Course Calgary $32
Boulder Creek Golf Course Langdon $29 - $43
Lakeview Golf Course Calgary $21
Blue Devil Golf Club Calgary $69.90 - $79.90
Pointe/Heritage at Heritage Pointe Golf Club De Winton $55 - $100
Turner Valley Golf Club Turner Valley $56 - $70
McCall Lake Golf Course Calgary $44
Fox Hollow Golf Course Calgary $35 - $43
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Golf Canada Centre Calgary $19.50
Mountain View/Springs at Elbow Springs Golf Club Calgary $80
Dragonfly/Mayfly at Silverwing Golf Course Calgary $39 - $53
Bearspaw Country Club Calgary $80 - $160
Canal at Delacour Golf Club Delacour $52
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Willow Park Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Forest at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Shaganappi Point Golf Course Calgary $44
Lynx Ridge Golf Club Calgary $55 - $89
Raven Course at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club Priddis $205
Blue Devil Golf Club - Lil Devil Course Calgary $20.90
Mountain View/Elbow at Elbow Springs Golf Club Calgary $80
Forest Heights Golf Course Sundre $45 - $61
Lakeview at Earl Grey Golf Club Calgary N/A
Valley Nine at Shaganappi Point Golf Course Calgary $26.00
Maple Ridge Golf Course Calgary $51
Aspen/Spruce at Innisfail Golf Club Innisfail $70 - $85
Shaw-Nee Slopes Golf Course Calgary $43 - $50
Harvest Hills Golf Course Calgary $20 - $28
Earl Grey at Earl Grey Golf Club Calgary N/A
Firefly/Dragonfly at Silverwing Golf Course Calgary $39 - $53
Meadows – Lakes/Bridges at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Pinebrook Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club Calgary $40 - $98
Ridge at Country Hills Golf Club Calgary N/A
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